AFRAN Forum 2017 in Canberra

The AFRAN association will hold its annual forum in Canberra on the 7/8 December 2017.

AFRAN stands for Australian FRench Association for research and innovatioN

AFRAN is a platform gathering researchers engaged in research and innovation collaborations between Australian and French institutions.

The association aims to empower scientists and to encourage them to take bottom up action to practically expand the France-Australia science cooperation agenda further.

The 2017 Forum is an opportunity to gather the AFRAN community, and discuss science and innovation areas of high potential for the future of the bilateral Science and Technology cooperation.

One key objective of the 2017 AFRAN Forum is to raise the association’s profile and visibility among the Science and Technology policy makers and stakeholders.

In this respect, priority will be given to the building up of Thematic bilateral Science communities within AFRAN that can position themselves as high level expertise groups on which stakeholders, policy makers, and industry players can rely on.

The focus of the 2017 AFRAN Forum will be on Innovation and sustainability, with an inaugural keynote speech by distinguished Prof Imran Ahmad, CEO of Future Earth Australia.

Ecosystems sustainability, R&D supporting the Industry 4.0 transition, Space and Earth observation, as well as update of bilateral policy developments and new cooperation instruments will be the key themes of the Forum discussions.

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CNRS Newsletter October 2017

The CNRS News letter is available on this link


The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

The conversation has edited an article on how science could help the recovery of the coral reefs from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events

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French and Australian experts on solving the world’s sustainability challenge

The Conversation presents a reflexion from French and Australian experts on how to fight climate change, and limit warming according to the 2015 Paris Agreement.


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GRude Seminar

Call for Papers-George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.


Closing Date: 1 December 2017


Download the Call for papers:George Rude Seminar 2018 – Call for Papers



By offering a significant  support, the call for proposal “Recruiting emerging leaders in Oncology” welcomes new scientific talents in France to set up their research teams in translational research.

Projects must be in line with the ARC Foundation’s scientific strategy for accelerating discoveries, developing new treatments, preventive and therapeutic approaches in the field of oncology with a translational part.

Launch of the call for projects: October 2017
Return of complete files presented by the host structure: March 20th 2018
Audition of pre-selected projects by an international ad hoc committee: Mid May 2018
Final selection by the ARC Foundation: June 2018
Installation of the new team: starting 2nd semester 2018

More information on the ARC Foundation web page


2018 Science and Innovation Awards for agriculture

Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. 

The Science Awards encourage young scientists, researchers and innovators with original projects that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.  The Science Awards have already helped more than 210 young Australians make their ideas a reality and showcase their talent to the world.

There are eleven industry Science Award categories open for applications: cotton; dairy; established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology and wool.

More information on this link


Australian National Science Week Grants

Applications are now open for grants of between $2,000 and $20,000 to support events in National Science Week 2018.

Grants are available for individuals, community groups, universities, research institutions and other organisations to hold events for the public to participate in science across the country.

National Science Week provides high profile science engagement activities across the nation. It is also an important opportunity for the science community to celebrate and showcase science to the Australian public and the world.

Next year’s National Science Week will run from 11 to 19 August 2018.

Applications are open until 5pm AEDT 12 October 2017 via the AusIndustry website

Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet Summer School and Workshop 16-20 December, 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) in collaboration with the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University will host the first Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop from December 16 – 20, 2017 at the Australian National University

Exoplanets and astrobiology are rapidly emerging fields that combine astronomy, biology, and earth sciences. Over the past 20 years, astronomers have detected thousands of planets orbiting other stars.   Researchers are now working on detecting more exoplanets, the statistical analyses of exoplanet data, the star-formation/planet-formation connection, the chemical characterization of exoplanets, extending and reconceptualising the traditional circumstellar habitable zone, exploring the limits of life on Earth, and trying to discover when and in what environmental context life originated on Earth. Key questions to answer are: How can we find nearby habitable Earth-like planets? How can the science of the remote detection of biosignatures be advanced? How can our knowledge of life on Earth be used to inform the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe?

This school and workshop, jointly sponsored by ANU and PSL, will bring leading experts from France, Australia and around the world to review these topics and identify new avenues for answering these questions. The outcomes of this workshop will inform future collaborative projects between Australia and France in this field.

The first 2 days (Dec 16 & 17) will be a school with lectures intended for PhD, Masters and undergraduate students. The following 3 days will be a workshop with research presentations on astrobiology and exoplanets formatted as in previous Australian Exoplanet Workshops.


Download the program: Tentative Program

For further information, please contact Charley Lineweaver (


Call for the second International Spring School on Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action

The Spring School, which will take place in March 2018, is aimed at Early Career Researchers (i.e. PhD students, Research Masters students, and researchers that have obtained their PhD <7 years ago)with an interest in developing expertise around climate change policy and governance.


Using a flipped classroom model in which participants prepare online first and then engage with some of the top academics in the field, the Spring School will cover:

  • The notion and practical expression of polycentric governance in the specific context of climate change
  • Conceptual frameworks surrounding the notion of governance inventions, their diffusion and evaluation
  • Policy entrepreneurs, experiments, proof of principle and instrument constituencies as they relate to governance interventions
  • Diffusion of governance inventions, including internal and external drivers, barriers and post adoption adaptations
  • Evaluation, including outputs and outcomes
  • The role of political power and knowledge
  • Methods for studying innovations in climate governance



INOGOV International Spring School

Governing Climate Change: Polycentricity in Action?

Open University of the Netherlands

5-8 March 2018, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Deadline for applications – 15th October 2017


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